I’ve just started reading How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark, which is convenient because the MICU is busy this weekend. This will be brief.
If you’re applying to fellowship this year: please read the attached “Guidelines for a Standardized Fellowship Letter of Recommendation,” recently published by colleagues in medical education. The guidelines encourage residency Program Directors to adhere to a concise, standardized format (two pages, max), and to use consistent, easily-interpreted terminology. Letters should be posted on ERAS by July 1 so Fellowship Program Directors have enough time to review. I’ll be flying to Scandinavia on June 24 for a two week trip, so I plan to post the letters by then.
If you want me to write a letter for you this year, please get the following to me within two weeks:
- An updated CV
- A draft of your personal statement
- Suggested talking points for your letter. These could include:
- A description of your academic accomplishments (research, presentations at national meetings, articles, quality improvement and patient safety projects, education contributions, etc.)
- Contributions to the residency (committees, interest groups, peer mentorship, help with recruitment, event planning, etc.)
- Special accomplishments
- Special considerations
- Anything else you think important
- An ERAS coversheet with the codes needed for posting
I’m happy to meet with you to discuss your plans- just make an appointment with Tatianna.
Have a restful Memorial Day, everyone, and please take a moment to reflect upon the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Mark D. Siegel, MD, FCCP, FACP
Professor of Internal Medicine
Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine